Hugh in the hot seat ahead of Vesting Day

Hugh Logan
Hugh Logan

THE principal of the new merged Fife College is set to move into the hot seat - just two months before Vesting Day.’

Hugh Logan will start his new role leading Adam Smith and Carnegie Colleges next week.

And his in-tray will include the on-going turmoil which has surrounded the senior management of the college in Kirkcaldy for over 16 months.

The Press can reveal a number of college staff have secured packages and may leave campus at the end of the current term.

They were told last week they could go under a voluntary severance scheme which is a joint programme across both colleges.

No numbers have been given as the process is still on-going.

But the moves will mean further departures from St Brycedale where several senior staff remain suspended following the launch of a police investigation after a Scottish Funding Council probe into the running of the college.

Two senior executives who went on gardening leave in February 21012 also remain absent from their desks.

The college also faces repaying up to £5.5m claimed under European Structural Funding dating back to 2007.

The college declined to give updates on the long standing issues.

Martin McGuire, interim principal, said: “Both the college and police investigations are still being progressed. We are not in a position to provide any detail around the individuals concerned as we are bound by confidentiality.

‘‘The investigations are by their very nature detailed and thorough and until both sets are concluded, we are not in a position to provide any further detail.’’

Mr McGuire will now work with Mr Logan on a phased handover as the colleges prepare for Vesting Day on August 1 - the day they formally come together.

Mr Logan said: ‘‘The confirmation of this date enables me to concentrate on what needs to be achieved to ensure that Fife College provides the highest quality learneing experience and adds value to the region with staff that are committed and fully supported.’’

Behind the scenes, there has also been another change. Stephen Magee is now the regional lead on the Partnership Board.

The vice-principal of external relations at St Andrews University replaces Tony Jakimciw who has become regional lead for the Borders.

Stephen said he was ‘‘delighted to be taking the role of regional lead’’ and his remit include establishing a new board to oversee the merged college. Geoff Fenlon will continue as principal at Carnegie until Vesting Day.